Photo: Meza’s gun
Ventura County – Three Santa Paula residents were arrested on November 1st following over six weeks of investigation. Law enforcement agencies looked into an Assault With a Deadly Weapon (ADW) incident that took place on the streets of Fillmore.
Members of the Thousand Oaks Police Department Special Enforcement Division (SED), Fillmore Patrol Headquarters, the Camarillo Police Department SED, and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Gang Unit came together following a call for service in the City of Fillmore reporting “shots fired” on September 22, 2018.
According to Ventura County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Detective Sarah Bramlette, it was late on the afternoon of the 22nd when officers responded to the call and immediately began an investigation which led to the discovery of “an occupied residence and occupied vehicle that were struck by bullets.” Other evidence on the scene included “large bullet fragments.”
Detectives interviewed area residents and contacted witnesses who described “three suspects” who had been observed in the neighborhood at the time of the shooting. Witness descriptions led to the issuance of search warrants. Those warrants were served “at multiple locations” in Santa Paula on November 1st.
The search of their residences led to the discovery of an illegally possessed firearm suspected as having been used in the shooting incident. All three suspects were transported to Ventura County Jail, where they were booked on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, shooting at an inhabited dwelling or occupied vehicle, and conspiracy to commit a crime. The three suspects are currently held on $200,000 bail.
Photo: Courtesy Ventura County Sheriff’s Office